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Quincy Lake Derby Results and More
Quincy Lake Derby Results and More
Author: John Kruse
Posted: 3/12/2020
TROUT DERBY RESULTS -The Quincy Valley Chamber of Commerce held their annual trout derby on March 7th at Quincy Lake and it was a big success with 90 adults and 46 kids participating in the one-day event where $5,000 in money and prizes were given away or raffled off. The winner of the derby was Joshua Shew of Quincy who caught the biggest trout of the day, a 17.5- inch rainbow. His first-place ...
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Early Season Trout and Salmon Opportunities
Early Season Trout and Salmon Opportunities
Author: John Kruse
Posted: 3/7/2020
The first day of March brings a host of fishing opportunities for both salmon and trout anglers across Washington State. Here’s a round-up of what’s in store: SEKIU SALMON: A special winter/spring season for hatchery Chinook salmon opens March 1st off Sekiu and the Olympic Peninsula in Marine Area 5. This is not a day trip for most of our readers but you may well be rewarded with a limit of ...
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Fly Casting and Leader Tips
Fly Casting and Leader Tips
Author: Thomas Butler
Posted: 3/7/2020
My son bought an 8wt fly rod outfit at a local sports store last fall. One of the typical middle price range starter outfits with rod, reel, line, leader and case, all ready to head to the water. We went to the park for a few hours and did some casting, learning the basics and trying to find the timing. While we were wiping our lines clean and putting stuff away he said he felt ready do it on the ...
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Jerkbaits Tactics for early Spring Smallies
Jerkbaits Tactics for early Spring Smallies
Author: Rick Lawrence
Posted: 3/7/2020
Early springtime to me always conjures the thoughts of the coming warming weather and increasing water temperatures. I dream of pre-spawn smallmouth (and Pike if I tell the truth) invading the shallows to stage for spawn. This is amazing time for fishing and makes me forget how bad winter was and I neglect all my other responsibilities for the upcoming weeks that follow chasing Smallies. Each s...
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Ocean Bottomfish
Ocean Bottomfish
Author: Jason Brooks
Posted: 3/7/2020
March can be one of those months were you find yourself between fisheries with winter steelhead on coastal rivers nearing an end, some local steelhead rivers closed early, Spring Chinook still waiting to show, and the anticipation to next month’s trout opener. But March is the perfect month to put some great eating fish in the freezer if you have the right gear or are willing to explore some chart...
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The High-Low Rig Difference
The High-Low Rig Difference
Author: Hannah Pennebaker
Posted: 3/7/2020
Fishing season is just around the corner, and there is no better time to refine your current fishing techniques and learn some new ones. Take a break from oiling your favorite reel and follow me on my journey as a fisherman, from when I started off casting out store bought crappie rigs, to when I graduated to tying my own high-low rigs. Back when I began bottom fishing the Puget Sound, I start...
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Commissioner of Public Lands Interview with John Kruse
Commissioner of Public Lands Interview with John Kruse
Author: John Kruse
Posted: 3/7/2020
THE WASHINGTON OUTDOORS REPORT March 06 – March 13, 2020 PUBLIC LANDS COMMISSIONER HILARY FRANZ HAS A LOT ON HER PLATE This week I sat down with Hilary Franz, the Commissioner of Public Lands and head of the Washington Department of Natural Resources, for a wide-ranging discussion covering everything from wildfires to geoducks to derelict vessels and outdoor recreation. Here are some of...
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The Politics of Fish, Fishing and Boating
The Politics of Fish, Fishing and Boating
Author: John Kruse
Posted: 2/21/2020
The States of Washington and Oregon have taken a number of actions in the last week that will affect both our fish populations and those who fish for them. Here’s a brief rundown of the four issues at the forefront this week: GILLNETS TO REMAIN IN THE COLUMBIA RIVER IN 2020: The Directors of the Oregon and Washington Departments of Fish and Wildlife released a joint announcement on Valentines...
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Early Season Hike in Lakes and More
Early Season Hike in Lakes and More
Author: John Kruse
Posted: 2/14/2020
EARLY SEASON HIKES, FISHING AND MORE The mild weather we are seeing in Washington this month may signal the end of winter and an opportunity to get outside to hike or fish. Here are a few suggestions about where to do both in Central and Eastern Washington: HIKING: The recent spring like weather and melting snow have got some (myself included) thinking about early spring hikes. One gre...
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31st Annual Central Washington Sportsmen Show
31st Annual Central Washington Sportsmen Show
Author: Sponsored Content
Posted: 2/10/2020
31st ANNUAL CENTRAL WASHINGTON SPORTSMEN SHOW AT THE SUNDOME IN YAKIMA The 31st annual Central Washington Sportsmen Show is set to open the doors Friday, February 14th at the Yakima Valley SunDome and runs through Sunday, February 16th. The Dome will once again be full of quality exhibits, displays, and presentations with lots of things to see and do for the entire family. Everything from hunt...
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A Year of Learning Southeast Washington Fishing
A Year of Learning Southeast Washington Fishing
Author: Thomas Butler
Posted: 2/8/2020
I grew up in North Seattle in the 60’s and 70’s. I bet we spent almost 300 days a year fishing sometimes. We would grab our rods after school and head to “the creek”. Otherwise we would take our bikes and go to the log boom or the slough, Green Lake or the arboretum. We knew all the creeks that fed the Northwest end of Lake Washington by heart. There weren’t many days we didn’t catch rainbows, sil...
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Drop Shotting for Eelpout (AKA Burbot)
Drop Shotting for Eelpout (AKA Burbot)
Author: Rick Lawrence
Posted: 2/8/2020
Whether you call them Eelpout, Lota lota, Fresh water Ling, Kust, or the Kootenai River Leopard. The Burbot is a popular winter time pursuit of many anglers, although somewhat of a Frankenfish. It looks a little like a cross between a Eel and a Snakehead. Even though it won’t win any prize for the prettiest fish in the water, they are prized for their table fare. Burbot are a predator fish a...
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